- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Material lecture

Madonna surprised film students at New York’s Hunter College who had just screened the Material Mom’s latest tour documentary, “I’m Going to Tell You a Secret.”

The appearance was part of the mtvU channel’s “Stand In” lecture series, which has hosted guests ranging from rocker Melissa Etheridge to Microsoft executive Bill Gates and Israeli leader Shimon Peres.

Asked by a student what drove her to succeed, Madonna said, “It’s one of those things you can’t really answer. You’re either hungry and determined to make it, or you’re not. I know a lot of people who, when they got rejected, they accepted what people said about them. I never did that.”

According to Associated Press, the Catholic-reared Madonna also said she was led toward Jewish mysticism following a spiritual quest that began when she had children.

Gwynnie’s latest gripe

Expat actress Gwyneth Paltrow may not want to raise her children in President Bush’s America, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy about living abroad.

Miss Paltrow, who lives in London with rock star husband Chris Martin and their daughter Apple, told Marie Claire magazine the streets there are dirty, the weather is cold and customer service is “rubbish.”

She added that Mr. Martin finds her “way too obsessed with cleanliness and germs.”

Legend of Antonio

Antonio Banderas now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 16 years after he arrived as a penniless young actor.

The “Zorro” star got down on his knees and rubbed his hands over his star during Tuesday’s ceremony, Associated Press reports. “It was an honor and privilege to arrive to this country 16 years ago with almost no money in my pocket,” said the Spanish-born Mr. Banderas.

“A lot has happened since then.”

He was accompanied by his wife, actress Melanie Griffith; their 9-year-old daughter, Stella; and actress Sharon Stone.

Living on a base

With a world tour slated to begin Nov. 2 in Des Moines, Iowa, rock band Bon Jovi has hunkered down in rehearsals at Fort Monmouth, the New Jersey military base.

Guitarist Richie Sambora told Billboard.com that the band hopes to show its appreciation by performing a special military-personnel-only show later this week.

“The Army guys were kind enough to give us their big theater they have there, and at the end of the rehearsals, we’re going to do a show for all of the [soldiers] and their families,” Mr. Sambora said.

“It’s not open to the public. We’re just doing anything we can do. Really, it’s just any time you can give back to those guys who are out there fighting for our freedom… .”

According to the report, the show might be broadcast on the Armed Forces Network and cybercast on AOL.

Bond in motion

With spanking-new star Daniel Craig in the saddle, shooting on the next James Bond film, “Casino Royale,” will start in Prague in January.

“It’s the first time a Bond film will be shot in the Czech Republic,” Stillking Films’ Misha Olexova tells Agence France-Presse.

“I believe it is also the first time that most of the film will be shot outside the U.K.,” she added.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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